Feel­ing sheep­ish?

Friday - - Editor’s Letter - KarenPasquali Jones, Edi­tor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

A s an Aries – the sign of the ram – I’m very ex­cited about Chi­nese New Year as 2015 is the year of the wood sheep. I don’t know if the wood is im­por­tant or if there is an­other year of the plas­tic sheep, but the next 12 months from Fe­bru­ary 19 un­til Fe­bru­ary 7, 2016, will fo­cus on ca­reer and re­la­tion­ships, ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese zo­diac.

I looked my Chi­nese for­tune up and was dis­mayed to see that this year it’s go­ing to be a strug­gle for me to avoid con­flict in my re­la­tion­ships and there isn’t a pay rise or pro­mo­tion on the hori­zon. But I can try to al­ter what is writ­ten in the stars with some help from the an­cient Chi­nese prac­tice of feng shui, which aims to har­monise peo­ple to their en­vi­ron­ment.

So in the of­fice I can refuse to sit with my back fac­ing a floor-to-ceil­ing win­dow (it’s like be­ing on the edge of a cliff ca­reer-wise, ap­par­ently), I can move any cab­i­nets so they’re not fac­ing me (that’s bad feng shui that af­fects my body’s en­ergy aura, caus­ing headaches), avoid hav­ing my back to open ar­eas (that’s an in­vi­ta­tion for col­leagues to back­stab me) and I can keep a mir­ror on my desk to de­flect bad en­ergy and see who’s com­ing up be­hind me. At home, I can re­move any shoe racks from the right-hand side of my apart­ment (that’s the side re­lat­ing to wealth and shoes are bad luck), I can paint ev­ery room a calm­ing beige or white (red is a big no-no as it makes tem­pers flare) and place a plot­ted plant be­tween any fire and wa­ter el­e­ments, for ex­am­ple in the kitchen, to bal­ance them out.

Fi­nally, but most im­por­tantly, ac­cord­ing to feng shui ex­pert Samita Khanna in our fea­ture on page 31, I need to de­clut­ter. So that’s my next week­end sorted – I’ll be call­ing in the clean­ers, hav­ing my flat re­dec­o­rated and then, hope­fully, the year of the sheep will be a good one and I’ll have no rea­son to bleat.

Happy Chi­nese New Year! Un­til next week,

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